NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Nordic countries said Thursday they will
provide technological support to boost Kenya’s inventions for
green energy to curb climate change and promote economic
The countries, including Denmark, Finland,
Norway, and Sweden, said they will boost efforts focusing on
facilitating low dependency on carbon-based fuels and
demonstrate economic growth from carbon dioxide emissions (CO2).
"Greening of the economy has a positive impact on job
creation, working as a major driver for workforce development
for younger generations," said Erik Lundberg, Finland’s
ambassador to Kenya during the launch of Kenya-Nordic Green Hub
"We believe that our technical knowledge and solutions will
play a part in guiding the transition to a greener future based
Lundberg said the Green Hub will accelerate Nairobi’s
transition to a greener future by convening collaboration
between public and private sector towards establishment of
bankable projects with focus on a clean environment.
He called for Kenya’s political goodwill to ensure the
efforts towards securing a green future through controlling
climate change will bear fruits.
"Going green is feasible, however it needs political
commitment," said Lundberg.
Kenya on its part said it was keen on investing and
partnering with other countries in advocating for the use of
green energy to check the challenges of climate change and
"Kenya has benchmarked the Nordic countries and elsewhere to
develop instruments policy and regulatory framework on green
growth. We need to focus a circular Economy and suitable
solutions for industries and the citizens," said Geoffrey
Wahungu, director-general of the National Environment Management
Phyllis Wakiaga, chief executive officer of the Kenya
Association of Manufacturers (KAM) said Kenya had great
potential to adopt a green economy noting that the country’s
energy consumption is growing at approximately five percent per
"By having this center for energy efficiency and
conservation, KAM’s efforts to mitigate energy efficiency by
industry have been boosted where we have been able to reduce
more than 180,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually," she said,
noting that Kenya’s CO2 emissions will continue to grow.